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  • Jun6Sun

    God’s family is queer!

    Celebrating a decade of LGBTQ2SIA+ inclusion in the ELCIC June 6, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Not to say that the traditional nuclear family isn’t good, 

    but there shouldn’t be a hierarchy, 

    but an equality amongst different forms of family. 

    All kinds of family have their good, their bad and their ugly.

  • May23Sun

    The Spirit breathes life into our dry pandemic bones

    Pentecost Sunday 2021 May 23, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Perhaps we can imagine ourselves today like the exiled people of Judah and Jerusalem, 

    as the pandemic dry bones.

    We are dried up, sick and tired of these restrictions, 

    these fears of this tiny virus spreading, locked down and fed up. 

    Our bones are tired, and parched.

  • May16Sun

    What Trees Tell Us about the Interconnectedness of God’s Creation

    May 16, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Come away with me into this sermon time.

     

    Whenever I start to write a sermon it’s like going to the well with a bucket. I’ve been to the well before to draw living water, but the bucket needs to refilled often. It’s certain that since the last time I preach on a text the world has changed, and I have changed.  With...

  • May9Sun

    Tackling the abuse of women, for love’s sake

    A sermon on love for Mother's Day-Easter 6 May 9, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    The Church’s traditional focus on the subordination of women, 

    as well as its insistence on male power and privilege, 

    and its perversion of Christian ideals of love, 

    Means that the Church is behind in addressing issues of abuse against women.

  • May2Sun

    Passing God’s Love Forward

    A sermon on 1 John 4 May 2, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    So beloved, since God loved us so much, 

    we also ought to love one another,

    In word and deed.

  • Apr25Sun

    The Lord is My Good Shepherd

    April 25, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

     

    Sermon: Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Psalm 23, 1 John 3, John 10:11-18

     

    The narratives of faith we hear on Good Shepherding Sunday speak to us of being known, being called, and being gathered into one.  We are given a glimpse that life as God intends -  means - that those who don’t experience belonging, are meant to find...

  • Apr18Sun

    Jesus Revealed... the body matters

    A sermon for Easter 3 April 18, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In the Creeds, we don’t say, that we believe in the resurrection of the soul,

    We say, we believe in the resurrection of the body.

    That is, Christians shouldn’t be saying that the soul separates from the body and all we have left is this immortal soul, 

    and the body is completely cast off like a useless banana peel.

  • Apr15Thu

    Easter Sermon

    April 15, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Easter Sunday   

    John 20:1-18

     

    While it was still dark….

     

    The Easter Gospel opens with these words.  

     

    While it was still dark, in those brilliant early morning hours when most of the world still slept, Mary gets up and goes to the tomb.

     

    While it was still dark…

    Even as the sun had not yet...

  • Apr11Sun

    Transforming unbelief through love

    A sermon for Easter 2, 2021 on the Believing Thomas April 11, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer

    Well, Thomas is given the choice: of unbelief or belief.

    Jesus doesn’t force faith on Thomas,

    There is no ultimatum, no threats, no shunning or guilt-trips.

    There just is love shown and demonstrated…

    the wounds of love are shown, 

    The marks of God’s compassion are revealed 

    and Thomas is spoken to in the way that he can best understand it, 

    by an act of love.

  • Apr2Fri

    Jesus didn't die for your sins

    Good Friday Sermon 2021 April 2, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    It’s almost impossible not to come to a Good Friday service 

    and feel sorry for your imperfections, 

    and assume that the sermon will have as its title: 

    “Jesus died for your sins.” 

    And no doubt there will be a majority of preachers today preaching a sermon on precisely that theme.